It is very rare for a tiny country like Singapore to break any Games record, but to break a World record is even rarer. So, I am very happy and proud of the fact that a 19-year-old Singaporean, Theresa Goh, who is confined to a wheelchair as she was born with spina bifida and is paralysed from the waist down, created history for Singapore at the recent US Paralympics Swimming National Championships in San Antonio, Texas. She broke the 200m breaststroke in her category with a world record time of 4:30:67, eclipsing American Kara Sheridan's 3-year-old mark of 5:09:63. However, only about 140 athletes participated in the 3-day Championships with Singapore and Taiwan as only the two countries from Asia. And Theresa will not be able to improve on her world mark in the Beijing 2008 Paralympics as this event will not be contested. Her feat was reported in Singapore's free tabloid, Today, August 14, 2006. Her example must have been a great and timely morale booster to Singapore's young athletes who may lack the confidence in the international sports arena, especially when competing against bigger-sized opponents. Of course, Theresa must be made of a different mould, not quite the ordinary. This young lady who received last year's Singapore Youth Award, the nation's highest accolade for those under 35, said, "I think that my timing can be cut down a lot more in the yers to come. I have not reached my full potential." I think she has the confidence and is willing to work harder to achieve her goals. It appeared that Theresa was virtually unstoppable last Saturday, winning six of her seven events in 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, 100m and 200m breaststroke and 200m individual medley. She could have made a clean sweep had she not been disqualified in the 50m butterfly. Theresa did not indulge in self-pity because of her limitations. Instead she said. "How can I feel sorry for myself when I lead a much more fulfilled life than most able-bodied people do? Swimming has allowed me to go to many places and meet so many people. The exposure has helped boost my self-confidence. Participating in competitions also made me a more disciplined and determined person." And the coach who has contributed to Theresa's success is none other than Singapore's ex-Olympian who once held the world record for the 50m freestyle short course, Ang Peng Siong.